Exhibition

John Baldessari

Pure Beauty

John Baldessari

John Baldessari "Portrait: (self) # as Control + 11 Alterations by Retouching and Airbrushing", 1974. 12 color photographs with airbrushing on museum board. 356 x 273 mm.

  • Fecha:
    11 Feb. - 25 Apr. 2010
    Lugar:
    Sales del museu
  • Fecha:
    13 Oct. 2009 - 10 Jan. 2010
    Lugar:
    Tate Modern, Londres
  • Fecha:
    19 Oct. 2010 - 09 Jan. 2011
    Lugar:
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Fecha:
    22 June - 12 Sep. 2010
    Lugar:
    LACMA, Los Ángeles

I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, John Baldessari (National City, California, 1931) writes over and over again in an exercise book in a video dating from 1971. That aversion to boredom has led the artist to flee from the slightest hint of monotony throughout his career, and to draw on an eclectic range of media and formats to express his insightful reflections on artistic creation and its limits.

John Baldessari. Pure Beauty was the most comprehensive retrospective that had been held on the work of the Californian artist. It brought together 130 works produced between 1962 and 2009, ranging from one of the his earliest, pop-influenced paintings to a multimedia installation specifically created for the exhibition, as well as the remains of his famous act of cremation (Cremation Project, 1970), his text paintings, photocompositions, videos, sculptures and artist's books.

Baldessari has gone down in history as one of the leading exponents of conceptual art. But he is not comfortable with labels. His sceptical conceptualism defends the transgressive power of form, and he aims his subtle but always sharp irony challenged concepts such as authorship and unsettled our passive way of confronting art, its texts and its images.

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Guided tours of the exhibition John Baldessari. Pure Beauty

Data inici:
From 24 Feb.
Data fi:
to 07 Apr. 2010
Horari:
Espai:
Sales del museu

Conversation between John Baldessari and Bartomeu Marí

Data inici:
11 Feb. 2010
Horari:
Espai:
Auditori Meier
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